While most of us know Florida for its beaches or theme parks, you will discover another facet of the Sunshine State when visiting Tallahassee. Stroll through its various neighbourhoods and you immediately notice its authenticity. Dotted with pretty rolling hills and plantation style homes, Tallahassee’s landscape differs from the Art Deco and Spanish-style buildings of South Florida. Here you will feel the warmth and hospitality of the American South.
As the nucleus of Florida law; Tallahassee is where the state’s important decisions are made. The city was chosen as the capital of Florida because it is almost equidistant between St. Augustine and Pensacola—the respective capitals of the former Spanish colonies of East and West Florida.
Tallahassee, which means “old town”, offers visitors a wealth of historic sites reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Florida. Most historic districts are within walking distance of the State Capitol Complex.
Downtown’s North Adams Street is lined with various restored buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries. While Park Avenue includes 27 elegant historic houses, the oldest being “The Column” which is current home to the Chamber of Commerce.
Tallahassee’s subtropical climate and lakes make it the perfect spot for outdoor recreation and wildlife observation. There are more than 600 miles of Florida’s best trails to explore, as well as the beautiful rivers that wind through the contours of the city.
When the weather is hot, Wakulla Springs, the world’s largest and deepest freshwater spring, is the perfect place to cool off. Prefer to stay dry? Wakulla Springs Park offers a wide variety of enjoyable activities. The popular guided boat tours and a visit to the Wakulla Spring Lodge, a historic hotel built in 1937, are a must. Another protected park worth visiting is the nearby St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge with its islands and marshes that are home to many fascinating birds including white cranes.
Finally, as well as its incredible scenery and rich historic sites, the city has a lively downtown scene. Excellent restaurants and bars are not uncommon, and you can even attend many outdoor concerts at Casacades Park. Every Friday in the fall, Adams Street comes alive with a community pep rally celebrating the local university football teams. Students flood the city’s core on these days.
From state capital to nature reserve to university town, Tallahassee promises to surprise and stir your curiosity.
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Events We Love
Panacea Blue Crab Festival kicks off each year by a great parade. After the parade, the event opens to live music, dance performances and much more. A long-time tradition of the festival is the Crab Pickin' Contest.
North Florida Fair is great fun for the family and is also the best entertainment value in town. Check out the Fine Arts Shows, flowers and plants on display, as well as vendors selling their unique products.
A good way to get around Tallahassee is by car. The beautiful city is fairly easy to navigate. Several rental companies are available in the region.
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